Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:15

The sixth annual cricket match between the People and Gardens group and the Eden Project will take place on Sunday September 4 at St. Austell Cricket Club.

The 20-over match will be the highlight of a summer of regular training for the People and Gardens team, who have a makeshift cricket pitch at the nursery near Pentewan where they work. The group are currently in the lead with 3-2 from the previous matches.

The event is a fundraiser for People and Gardens, a project which gives people with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, while developing their confidence levels too.

The community interest company runs a vegetable bag scheme, which offers a fortnightly bag of top-quality produce, available for £13 for a large bag or £10 for a small one.

People and Gardens was set up in 1997 by Ken and Lorraine Radford and in that time, the horticulture skills of the team have developed so much that the group now supplies the Eden Project’s kitchens and has set up a vegetable bag scheme delivering fresh produce to more than 70 households in Cornwall each month.

The team have helped more than 150 people to make real improvements in their lives and some of these people have gone on to live independently, to study and to find jobs.

The idea for the annual match was concocted by Bill Simpson, avid cricket fan, qualified coach and Development Manager of People and Gardens.

Bill said: “All of our guys are really looking forward to this regular event. Whether it’s playing or supporting their friends on the side-lines, the enthusiasm shown never fails to impress and humble me.

“Three of our guys have been taking part in regular cricket training sessions at The Cornwall Cricket Centre in Truro. Our coaches have developed their game to a point where they could be prominent players in a county learning disability cricket squad, so beware!”

As well as some great cricket action, there will be plenty of other things to keep supporters entertained, including a barbecue, bar, stalls and games.

The gates open at 1pm and the first ball will be bowled at 2pm. Entry is free, but donations to People and Gardens will be gratefully received.